Pipeline Safety

RRC's Oversight & Safety Program, ensuring compliance with safety regulations while promoting public safety & awareness

Pipeline Safety ANNOUNCEMENTS

NTO - Multiple Active Organization Report Renewals and Statewide Rule 15 Compliance


March 01, 2024

Effective April 1, 2024, operators that have had their Organization Report (Form P-5) denied by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) using a Final Order due to 16 Texas Administrative Code §3.15 (Statewide Rule 15) non-compliance, will be required to comply with all outstanding requirements for the previous renewal year before they are eligible to renew their Form P-5 for the current renewal year.

The path for achieving compliance, related to surface equipment removal requirements and inactive wells, is as follows:

  1. comply with all Statewide Rule 15 obligations for the previous renewal year;
  2. refile the Form P-5 for the previous renewal year that was denied by Final Order and pay the filing fee again;
  3. ensure that valid financial assurance has been filed for the previous renewal year;
  4. submit a Form P-5 for the current renewal year along with the filing fee payment; and
  5. provide valid financial assurance for the current renewal year.

NOTE: This change only affects operators that have had their Form P-5s denied by a Final Order for Statewide 15 non-compliance and have gone into the renewal cycle for the next year.

If you have questions regarding this notice, contact the P-5 Financial Assurance section of the RRC’s Oil and Gas Division at P5@rrc.texas.gov or 512-463-6772.

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The Oversight and Safety Division has responsibility for Alternative Fuels, Gas Services and Pipeline Safety.  This reorganization in January 2015 will bring even greater efficiency and consistency to these operations within the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), allowing the agency to better serve the state.

Texas has the largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation, representing about 1/6 of the total pipeline mileage of the entire United States. Texas’ pipelines are divided into the categories of natural gas and LP-gas distribution lines, hazardous liquid and natural gas transmission lines, hazardous liquid and natural gas regulated gathering lines, intrastate production and gathering lines leaving a lease, and interstate lines. The RRC has safety responsibility over the first four categories.

Pipelines that cross between states are considered Interstate and would be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The PHMSA southwest regional office located in Houston covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Pipeline Safety department works to enforce compliance with federal and state laws and regulations by pipeline operators. These regulatory responsibilities extend to  operators of intrastate gathering, transmission, distribution, and master-metered systems. The RRC  continues to lead the nation in adopting and enforcing safety rules to enhance the integrity of pipelines throughout the state.

Pipeline Safety rules administered by the RRC are adopted in the Texas Administrative Code, containing State specific requirements and incorporates by reference the minimum Federal safety standards for transportation of gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline and liquefied natural gas facilities.

The RRC  also promotes and enforces an underground pipeline damage prevention program for Texas. The Pipeline Safety department is responsible for the enforcement of damage prevention regulations involving the movement of earth (excavation) surrounding pipeline facilities.

The goal of the Pipeline Safety department is to encourage an efficient, economical, and safe pipeline industry; to that end, we oversee pipeline activities to ensure compliance with state and federal safety regulations and promote public safety and awareness.

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